Rolling down the river, kicking butt and taking no names.
We’re nearing the end of March and the daffodils are springing from the ground, but we bet you haven’t noticed them because there’s been too many great Xbox One games to play.
With the Xbox One gaming forecast looking increasingly sunny for the year ahead, you’ll no doubt know that there have been some excellent releases this year already.
We’ve put together Digital Spy‘s list of best Xbox One games, and we’ll be continuously adding to it the more games we give top marks to.
The Division (March 2016)
All you need to do is splash some cash or add them to a wishlist somewhere and get playing.
Ubisoft’s new open-world online shooter surprised everyone. Critics believed that The Division would just be another Destiny, but in fact it’s so much more. You get to explore a stunningly created mid-crisis version of New York, which is easily Ubisoft’s best open-world yet, gathering together buddies or going it solo – you brave, brave thing.
But it’s not just about aesthetics, The Division‘s gameplay features deep RPG elements and weapons that you’ll come to love like a child – every one is very different and you’ll mourn it if you sell it by accident. We’ve been there and have the emotional scars to prove it.
Plus, we’ve never seen such a well-crafted co-operative experience. Yes, it’s fun on your own, collecting loot and exploring side quests. But, you’ll want to grab your mates for the main missions – there’s nothing quite as exhilarating.
Hitman (March 2016)
We’ve only had one episode of the new Hitman reboot from IO Interactive, but what a first chapter it is. After a short tutorial-style prologue, you’re let loose in a mansion in Paris where a fashion show and party is occurring. You’ve got two targets to take out, but there’s more freedom and creativity in the options available to you than ever before.
It’s a fantastic blend of Hitman Absolution and Hitman Blood Money, with accessibility and creativity and excellent level design and characterisation. There’s plenty of humour too and a ridiculous amount of costumes to don.
Plus, it looks absolutely amazing, making Agent 47’s classic suit and red tie combo look better than eve
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (February 2016)
Plants vs Zombies may have started life as a PC game before moving to mobile, but it’s certainly now got a welcome home on Xbox One. The latest Garden Warfare 2 title is great fun and pretty much the gaming equivalent of an ice cream sundae. Colourful, often fruity and ultimately tasty, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a great laugh.
The new Backyard Battleground feature allows you to play more as a solo gamer taking on the hordes of zombies, while the new character classes really adds personality and humour to the fast-paced multiplayer.
It’s unpredictable and loveable. Well worth grabbing some mates for.
Flame and the Flood (February 2016)
If you’re a fan of survival games, then this indie title for Xbox One will be right up your street. The Flame and the Flood is from new development studio The Molasses Flood, which is actually made up of ex-AAA developers that have worked on the likes of BioShock.
You play as Scout who’s accompanied by a faithful hound known as Aesop. Together, you’re tasked with surviving. Although that may sound simple, it’s a lot harder in a post-apocalyptic America where most of civilisation has been swept away by the river.
It’s this river that becomes another player in Scout’s story as you’ll need to traverse it on your hand-built raft in order to move from one pocket of civilisation to other.
The gameplay forces you to collect, craft, consume and make tough decisions, some of which will see you starve or get pulled apart by wolves.
It’s a stunning journey nonetheless, backed by one of the best soundtracks we’ve heard in a while.
Farcry Primal (February 2016)
here aren’t many first person shooters that can successfully exist without the ability to shoot anything. But Far Cry Primal does just that.
It’s set circa 10,000BC though, so it’s got a bit of an excuse. It’s a stunning setting, filled with sprawling cave networks filled with scary beasties, snowy mountain tops and lush forests alive with noise.
Instead of searching out armouries, wielding futuristic tech and looking for ammo drops, you’ll be hunting and gathering and crafting weapons from all the skins, stones, sticks and bones you’ve collected.
Of course, then you’ll be using your ferocious sharpened bone-head arrows to deal out headshots left, right and centre, or using chunky clubs to smash some skulls in. Plus, you’ll have some beasties of your own to ride and send off to attack enemies with their teeth and claws.
It’s still Far Cry, but a lot more, well… Primal.
Lego Marvel’s Avengers (January 2016)
Building on the excellent foundations laid by its predecessor, Lego Marvel’s Avengers is bigger, better and blockier than ever. It has all the charm, comedy and wit that you’d expect from a Lego title melded with the Marvel universe and all its spandex. And for the true Marvel fans, there’s a wealth of content and characters to explore.
This is a Lego title that treats its source material with care and love, filling a game focused on the latest Avengers movies with nostalgia for Marvel as a whole.
Lego games definitely aren’t just for kids after all. Lego Marvel’s Avengers just manages to capture your childhood enthusiasm for Lego and Marvel together, making a title that anyone can, and everyone should, enjoy.